Why is school so important?
I get asked the same question all the time, “why do I need to go to college if I can get a job as a PA and work my way up?” It’s a tough question to answer. On one hand, it is a true statement; you can get a job as a PA right out of high school. However, you are destined for many years of hard work, little pay and only the slightest chance of making it big within the first 10 years of your career. It’s possible, but it’s still a long shot. With that being said, what makes a film school or university so special?
Schools offer more opportunities than you might think
The real value of any institution (film school, trade school or university) is the chance to network. You meet people. You discuss ideas and bring those ideas to life. You have help from professors and faculty members who have worked in the industry and still have many contacts with others in the industry. It’s a place to learn without the fear of making career-ending mistakes. Learning is a given, networking is the true value of school.
With so many options out there, where do you begin?
The perfect place to begin your search for the right school is here at Production Apprentice. In the next few months, we will be populating this section of our website with all of the schools in the United States that offer programs for film and video. In many cases, if the institutions allow, we will be conducting virtual tours of the campus, complete with interviews of faculty members, current students and graduates. The goal is to help you find the best possible answer to the age old question, “what do you want to do with your life?”
Follow the link above to learn more about university degrees that are offered in the United States. Universities deliver a more traditional approach to education and offer many levels of degree opportunities.
Follow the link above to learn more about the various film schools and technical schools in the United States. These schools offer many different degree options for film and video related study. These schools are dedicated to a more “hands on” approach to teaching.